Parks and Recreation

Eric Smallwood
Parks and Recreation Manager

About the Manager:
Eric began his career with the Town of Harrisburg in January 2012. Eric currently serves as a member of the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association. He also served as a SWAC Softball Regional Tournament Assistant Director for three years, PONY Baseball Sectional Tournament Chairman for three years and Central Piedmont Football League area representative for three years as well as a Special Olympics and Senior Games volunteer for many years. Eric previously worked for the Asheboro Cultural and Recreation Services Department as the Program Coordinator of Athletics and for the Person County Parks and Recreation Department.

Eric graduated from Guilford College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management with a minor in Justice and Policy Studies.

About the Parks and Recreation Department:
Harrisburg Parks and Recreation provides a wide variety of programs, including:

  • Special Events – Easter Egg Hunt, The Harrisburg July 4th Celebration, Halloween Festival and Harrisburg’s Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Programs - Senior Games, Yoga, Bridge, Tennis, Kid's Art Classes and More!
  • Youth Athletics - Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading
  • Adult Athletics - Coed Softball, Coed Soccer and Coed and Men's Flag Football
Mission Statement :
It is the mission of the Harrisburg Parks and Recreation Department to provide a localized system of parks and recreation resources and services to enhance the quality of life of Harrisburg residents. The department strives to develop and maintain safe and attractive parks and recreation areas; to partner and cooperate with other town departments, area agencies, sponsors and organizations to address the leisure needs of residents in the most cost-effective manner, and to support the physical, mental, moral and economic health of our community through provision and promotion of special events as well as traditional recreational programs and opportunities.

Cabarrus County Sheriff's Department

Sgt. Daniel Harless

About the Sergeant:
Sgt. Daniel Harless is the full-time supervisor assigned to the Harrisburg Division of the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office. He became a deputy with Cabarrus County in 1993 and has been assigned to the Town of Harrisburg since 1994. Sgt. Harless has been both a patrol officer and traffic officer for the town. Sgt. Harless is a certified Law Enforcement Instructor and is an accident re-construction specialist.

About the Harrisburg Division:
Sgt. Harless oversees the Harrisburg Division of the Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office, which consists of eight patrol officers, two traffic officers, and one investigations officer.

Mission Statement
To keep Cabarrus County a safe and decent place to live, work, and raise a family.

 Customer Service

  Lori B. Nash
Office Manager

About Lori:
Lori was hired by the Town of Harrisburg in February of 2003 as a Water/Sewer Clerk.  Lori has worked her way up to become the Office Manager.  Lori has seen the Town population grow from 1400 residents to approximately 6400 residents as it stands today.

About the Customer Service Department:
Every employee with the Town of Harrisburg is customer-service oriented, and they each have a dedication to our Town, customers, and residents to ensure that their experience with us is pleasurable.  The Customer Service Department is the first face you see when you enter Harrisburg Town Hall, and acts as the gateway to our other departments.  We greet you with a smile, and offer our assistance to you during your visit.  You will always be assisted in a timely manner, and will be given useful advise at Harrisburg Town Hall.  We offer maps, meeting information, and literature on upcoming events to our customers.  Our goal is to make sure that our customers leave happy, and we will go the extra mile to ensure this happens.

 Fire Department

Bryan Dunn
Fire Chief

About Bryan
Bryan started in the fire service in 1988 with the Boone Fire Department while attending Appalachian State University. He continued his career as a volunteer with Newell Volunteer Fire Department in Mecklenburg County and eventually joined Harrisburg Fire Department in1996. In 1999 then Harrisburg Volunteer Fire Department hired its first full time firefighters and Bryan was part of that group. Bryan was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations in 2000 and then to Fire Chief in 2004. Bryan became the first municipal Fire Chief with the Town of Harrisburg in 2006 when the Harrisburg Volunteer Fire Department became part of the Town of Harrisburg government.

Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Appalachian State University. He is a member of several professional organizations including NC Association of Fire Chiefs and NC Firemen’s Association. Bryan enjoys golf, the beach, mountains, and spending time with his three children.

About the Fire Department
The Department operates out of two stations and provides fire suppression, advanced life support emergency medical response, rescue services, and hazardous material response to residents of the Town of Harrisburg, as well as residents of Cabarrus County. The Fire Marshal’s Office handles commercial plan reviews, inspections, public and life safety education, emergency management, and determines cause and intent of fires. The fire protection district is roughly 30 square miles which includes residential, manufacturing, chemical and commercial retail structures.

We provide mutual aid assistance to the City of Concord, Jackson Park and Flowes Store Volunteer Fire Departments in Cabarrus County. We also provide assistance to Newell and Robinson Volunteer Fire Departments in Mecklenburg County.

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Harrisburg Fire Department is to assist the public in the protection of life and property by minimizing the impact of fire, medical emergencies, and potential disasters or events that affect our community, our environment and any other situations which adversely impact our quality of life.

 Planning and Zoning

Joshua Watkins
Planning Director

About Joshua
Joshua began working for the Town of Harrisburg in 2007, when the Town embarked on creating their own Planning and Zoning Department. Prior to 2007, the Town of Harrisburg relied on Cabarrus County to provide Planning and Zoning services via contract for the Town.

Joshua received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2004 from Appalachian State University, with a double major in Geography and Community and Regional Planning. Joshua is a Certified Zoning Officer in the State of North Carolina, and is currently working on certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners, the national certification board for professional planners.

About the Planning and Zoning Department:
The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for regulating development within the Town of Harrisburg. Planning staff performs site plan reviews, architectural plan reviews, handles rezoning cases, processes subdivisions, and handles any questions regarding the development of land in Harrisburg. Zoning staff issues zoning compliance permits, performs regular inspections to ensure compliance with the Unified Development Ordinance, as well as investigates citizen complaints regarding possible zoning ordinance violations. The Planning and Zoning Department also issues Zoning Compliance Permits, which are required for any development or construction project.

Mission Statement
The Planning and Zoning Department will provide the citizens of Harrisburg helpful, accurate information concerning current conditions and future development in a timely and customer-friendly manner. Our goal is to respond quickly to all complaints, permit and plan review requests, and all other requests, while keeping the costs of providing these services to the public at a minimum. Overall, we strive to find solutions to the development issues in our community, and attempt to do so in a manner that is consistent with the values of the Town of Harrisburg.



J. Lee Connor, Jr., CPA, MBA
Finance Director/Interim Town Administrator

About Lee:
Lee began working for the Town of Harrisburg in July 2010.  He has over ten years of governmental accounting and auditing experience.  Lee is a Certified Public Accountant and is licensed in North Carolina, South Carolina and Louisiana (inactive).  Prior to his employment with the Town of Harrisburg, Lee worked as a Senior Audit Manager for a regional CPA firm, at which time he audited municipalities, counties, water and sewer districts and ABC Boards in and around the greater Charlotte area.  He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of New Orleans in 1997 and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans in 2000.  Lee is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of CPAs.

About the Finance Department:
The Finance Department is responsible for establishing and maintaining an accounting and reporting system in accordance with NC General Statutes, federal laws and regulations and accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.  The Finance Department also provides management with required financial information for strategic and operational planning, manages cash to maximize investment income and cash flow, records receipt of revenues and provides for disbursement of the Town’s funds in accordance with guidelines. 

The Finance Department also is responsible for the collection of ad valorem taxes, providing customer service to the citizens of the Town and providing employment opportunities, training, employee benefits consultation, new employee orientation and other support services through human resources to the employees of the Town.

Mission Statement:
The mission of the Finance Department is to provide the Mayor and Town Council with timely and accurate financial information to assist in establishing strategic goals and policies, along with developing and maintaining effective and efficient financial reporting to support the Town’s operating departments in achieving their program objectives.  Overall, we diligently work to ensure financial accountability to the citizens of the Town of Harrisburg.